Fri 8:00AM ET, Fri 8:00PM ET
March 22On March 22, “Through the Decades” remembers the day Jamaican immigrant Colin Ferguson was sentenced to life in prison in 1995 after he opened fire, killing six people. We also take a look back on the day Bell Telephone Laboratories patented the laser in 1960, and on the day of his birth, we profile Canadian actor William Shatner.
Sat 9:00AM ET
Kidnappings & HijackingsThrough the Decades explores the stories of kidnappings and hijackings that have grabbed the nation’s attention through the years, including a baby snatched by wild dogs, a crime with Frank Sinatra Jr. as a target, and a time when hijackings in American airspace were routine.
Mon 8:00AM ET, Mon 8:00PM ET
March 25On March 25, “Through the Decades” remembers the day anti-government militia group “Montana Freemen” began their 81 day standoff with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1996. We also take a look back on the day Julio Gonzalez, a jealous ex-boyfriend, set New York City’s Happy Land social club on fire, and on the day of his birth, we profile the talented and iconic musician Elton John.
Tue 8:00AM ET, Tue 8:00PM ET
March 26On March 26, “Through the Decades” goes back in time to remember the day Carol Burnett won a lawsuit against the National Enquirer in 1981. We also take a look back on when Vladimir Putin was elected to his first term as President of Russia in 2000, and on the day of his birth, we profile Canadian comedian and actor Martin Short.
Wed 8:00AM ET, Wed 8:00PM ET
March 27On March 27, “Through the Decades” remembers the day the Marlon Brando declined accepting his award at The Oscars in 1973 – electing, instead, for a Native American actress to stand in his place. We also take a look back on the day the Hunt brothers’ silver scandal came to an end as the stock market plunged in 1980, and on the day of her birth, we profile pop diva Mariah Carey.
Thu 8:00AM ET, Thu 8:00PM ET
March 28On March 28, “Through the Decades” remembers the day a nuclear reactor near Middleton, Pennsylvania suffered a partial meltdown in an accident known as “Three Mile Island.” We also take a look back on the day silent film stars Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford tied the knot in 1920, and on the anniversary of his death, we profile decathlon athlete and Olympic gold medalist Jim Thorpe.
Fri 8:00AM ET, Fri 8:00PM ET
March 29On March 29, “Through the Decades” remembers the day “The Carol Burnett Show” aired its last episode on CBS in 1978. We also take a look back on the day President Bill Clinton finally addressed his past marijuana use in 1992 with an assurance that he “didn’t inhale,” and on the day of her birth, we profile singer Pearl Bailey.
Through the Decades: Through the Decades March 21
On March 21, Bill Kurtis of Through the Decades recalls the day the show Dallas ended its season with a shocking question and a suspense-filled cliffhanger: Who shot J.R.? Ellee Pai Hong revisits the congressional testimony that revealed the CIA's 20-year surveillance program which involved illegally opening American citizens' mail, and Kerry Sayers goes back in time to 1980 for the story surrounding ... moreWatch now
Bill Kurtis is an author, producer, and award-winning journalist. Bill got his start in television working for WIBW in Topeka, KS. His work with CBS News ranged from covering the fall of Saigon to anchoring "The CBS Morning News." His documentary work includes the Peabody Award-winning PBS series The New Explorers, as well Investigative Reports and Cold Case Files for A&E Network and American Greed on CNBC.
Using his journalistic skills and his background as a law school graduate, Bill authored The Death Penalty on Trial: Crisis in American Justice, which explores issues surrounding capital punishment in America. He also provided the satirical narration for the feature film comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. He also is the judge and scorekeeper for NPR’s weekly game show Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me.
Kerry Sayers has spent more than twenty years in the media industry, working in radio and television. For much of that time, Sayers has been at the epicenter of Chicago sports. She has hosted shows for Comcast and covered football for Fox. Sayers began her career at WILX in Lansing, MI and has since worked across the country from Buffalo to the Pacific Northwest.
Kerry graduated from the University of Michigan and lives in Chicago with her husband, their daughter and just welcomed their second child, a son, in September.
Ellee Pai Hong
Ellee Pai Hong is a veteran journalist, having spent a career covering news and teaching journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Ellee started her career in broadcast news as a general assignment reporter at the CBS affiliate in Rockford, IL. She made the jump to Decatur, IL then Hartford, CT before landing as anchor for NBC in Chicago.
Ellee moved to the United States from Korea as a child and holds a bachelor’s degree from Ewha Womans University in Seoul and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She lives in Chicago with her husband John and their two children.